Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 7.22.13
By angelamontana

Posted: July 22, 2013
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Canyon Ferry: Some rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths around 20 feet or by using worms from shore. A good walleye bite continues to be the story with the sustained warmer water pattern. Fish from the south end to mid-reservoir by trolling worm harnesses, cranks or slow death rigs, tipped with worms or leeches, and try jigging bay points, in 5 to 45 feet of water, from mid reservoir to the Dam. A few large perch continue to be caught. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing has slowed down with some action happening around Black Sandy and White Sandy while trolling cowbells 20 to 25 feet deep in the mornings. A few rainbows are being caught from shore at Black Sandy on worms or marshmallows. Walleye fishing is good throughout the Causeway while using a jig tipped with a leech or worm. Unfortunately most walleye are small. The Causeway Bridge area has produced a few walleye from shore while using the jig and leech or worm combo as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow fishing is fair in the lower reservoir from Split Rock to Holter Dam while trolling cowbells or yellow colored crankbaits 20 to 25 feet deep in the mornings. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is fair throughout the reservoir with the best action occurring around Split Rock, Cottonwood Creek and the Sleeping Giant area. Using jigs or bottom bouncing has been equally productive in 10 to 15 feet of water. A good perch bite is occurring in shallow bays and around weed-beds. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Cover photo: talstarlodge.com)